Dr. Phil has been in hot water following allegations that the show gave drugs and alcohol to addicts who were guests on the show.
In an interview with STAT/The Globe, Herzog acknowledged that the show had helped him to seek treatment but criticized the production for allegedly putting his life in danger. Representatives for the show are continuing to deny claims that they have done so.
On Thursday, medical news website, STAT, broke a bombshell story chronicling the disturbing behind-the-scenes occurrences on the "Dr. Phil" show.
The Hollywood Gossip is reporting that Todd Herzog, who won Survivor: China in 2008, claims someone left a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka in his dressing room before his 2013 appearance on the show. Herzog, who was previously a victor on the reality show Survivor, also alleges that he was given Xanax. "However, what would have happened if I died there?"
In the article, multiple former guests suffering from addiction say show staff, including producers, encouraged or aided them in finding drugs before taping.
Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who serves as the show's director of professional affairs, denied to STAT and the Boston Globe that guests were given alcohol or advised where to buy drugs, calling the allegations "absolutely, unequivocally untrue".
He had to be helped by two people to make it to his chair on the programme and at the time Dr Phil McGraw who is a trained psychologist said he had "never talked to a guest who was closer to death". (Well, it's possible, but who's got that kind of time?) Suffice it to say, almost every episode has its moments, which is why Dr. Phil-a Donahue-meets-Maury hybrid of scandal, drama and sage wisdom-just spent an entire year as the No. 1-rated syndicated talk show on the air.
"Addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivializing".
He added that guests are not given drugs or alcohol and suggestions to the contrary are "errant nonsense". Although terribly unfortunate, this is an understandable part of the behavior of addicts on their journey to recovery.
"Deception, dishonesty and denial are hallmarks of addiction. None of this will deter the Dr. Phil show from it's commitment to continue to educate and inform the public about the worsening epidemic of addiction".